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October 5, 2022

Leisure

Leisure is the section where we highlight the intriguing, exciting and all-around fun events and activities happening in Baltimore over the weekend.



JOHN D'CRUZ / GRAPHICS EDITOR
Among the neighborhood festivals and exciting concerts, this weekend promises some great opportunities to have some fun both around and off campus.

Events this weekend (Sept. 30 – Oct. 2)

Happy October, Blue Jays! Can you believe that we are already a month into the school year? Classes might be picking up but so are the happenings in our amazing city. Take some time away from the desk this weekend at these awesome events.


COURTESY OF GRETA MARAS
Maras reviews the third annual Remfest, the local street festival that celebrates the Remington neighborhood, Baltimore-based vendors and the joy of community.

Remington comes alive at Remfest

As the warm weather we all cherish quickly comes to a halt, neighborhoods all around Baltimore are offering one last celebration of their communities. This weekend it was Remington, the lovely little next door neighbor to Charles Village, that was blessed with a perfect sunny sky and a temperate day to host its third annual Remfest.


COURTESY OF HABIN HWANG
Hwang reviews the Insomnia Cookies PJ Party, where Insomnia debuted its new limited edition Sour Patch Kids cookie that stretches the bounds of dessert.

Sour, sweet… wrong? Insomnia Cookies debuts a quirky cookie at its fourth annual PJ Party

We’re already all studying in our pajamas — why not head over to Insomnia Cookies for a free cookie? Set conveniently before midterms, Insomnia invited  sleepless college students across America to its fourth annual PJ party on Tuesday, Sept. 20. With an opportunity to get a free in-store classic cookie, featured Insomnia prizes and a taste of the limited edition Sour Patch Kids cookie series, my friends and I were lucky to be one of the first few in line.


COURTESY OF LAURA WADSTEN
Wadsten reviews the Abell Community Street Fair, a quaint and vibrant celebration of one of north Baltimore's more intimate neighborhoods.

Get to know your neighbors at the Abell Community Street Fair

Baltimore is a city of neighborhoods, each with their own unique character and rich traditions. Tucked between Waverly and the Homewood campus, you’ll find the tight-knit, family-friendly community of Abell. For the past year and a half, I’ve had the privilege of being an Abell resident and participating in several of the neighborhood’s fun traditions, like the summer Porch Prom and the Abell Community Street Fair. 


COURTESY OF JIALU LI
Li goes in for some classic Leisure section investigative work to find the answers to a pivotal question of our time: what do each of the new campus juice bars have to offer?

Which juice bar is right for you?

Fresh juice is a terrific beverage choice for the busy college student; it’s chock-full of nutrients and available in so many different flavors on and around campus. The juice bar in the Recreation (Rec) Center might be the one that most people are familiar with, but now we have a new option on St. Paul Street, Pure Green. Let’s explore each one and see what the merits of each are!


JOHN D’CRUZ / GRAPHICS EDITOR
Hungry? Want to get off campus? Our Leisure Editor has you covered this weekend! Check out the best of Baltimore's festivities.

Events this weekend (Sept. 23 – 25)

Cheers to the weekend, Blue Jays! And by weekend, I specifically mean Saturday. There are festivals happening in many corners of Baltimore, and I guarantee that one of them will intrigue you! 


COURTESY OF VIGGY VANCHINATHAN
Vanchinathan reviews the Let’s Brunch Special and more from Let's Brunch Cafe, just a short walk from campus.

Let's Brunch Cafe in Remington finds its footing

Let’s Brunch Cafe isn’t far from campus. Our destination, a 10 to 15-minute walk according to Google Maps, was extended by a visit to the community library box on Cresmont Avenue. The quickest way to get there is to walk past Mason Hall onto West 31st Street then hang a left on Remington Avenue after two blocks. Walk a little further on Remington, and you’ll bump into FastForwardU or R. House.


COURTESY OF JOHN D'CRUZ
Our Leisure Editor gives you the lowdown on this weekend's festivals, performances and opportunities in the city.

Events this weekend (Sept. 16 – 18)

After a week full of rainy days, we deserve the sunny and warm weekend that the weather app has promised us. I have some awesome options to let off some steam this week, many of which are very close to campus! 


COURTESY OF MITA SINGH
Singh details her admiration for Sakoon, the local Indian buffet restaurant that brings her a taste of home and comfort.

Sakoon is home away from home

When you’re living in a new city, thousands of miles away from your family, it is so precious to find a piece of home in a little corner booth — somewhere that welcomes you with open arms. Picture an orange door standing before you with a “Welcome Home, Blue Jays!” poster taped on the front. 


COURTESY OF GRETA MARAS
With Labor Day already behind us, our Leisure Editor has some suggestions for you to bid summer farewell.

Events this weekend (Sept. 9 – 11)

I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend, Blue Jays! I don’t know about you, but I can’t help but still feel like I’m in summer mode. Maybe it’s the temperature, or maybe that’s a personal pitfall. Either way, I’ve gathered some of this weekend’s greatest hits around our lovely Baltimore City for you to check out.


COURTESY OF ALICE LIU
Malik explores The Peale, the newly reopened community museum home to engaging exhibits and a beautiful outdoor garden.

The Peale highlights community care at its grand reopening

After five years of renovations, The Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture (the Peale) hosted its grand reopening on Saturday, August 13, celebrating its 208th birthday.  I had the privilege of visiting the Peale with HopkinsCORPS, the Center for Social Concern’s pre-orientation program.


COURTESY OF GRETA MARAS
Whether you're happy or sad that school is back, you should be excited to check out the wonderful events happening in Baltimore this weekend.

Events this weekend (Sept. 2 – 5)

Welcome back to school, Blue Jays! I hope your summer was restful and restorative, and I’m excited to continue sharing great events happening around the city with you. 


COURTESY OF GRETA MARAS
Maras reviews Kajiken, the newest restaurant around Homewood campus that fills the ramen-shaped hole left by PekoPeko Ramen.

Ramen rerun: Kajiken takes Baltimore by storm

The long wait is finally over; the dark interior where the PekoPeko Ramen used to reside has finally been illuminated again. Seniors, you might have felt some deja vu when you realized that we were once again getting a ramen place in the same storefront. However Kajiken has already set itself apart from its predecessor in terms of variety, price and flavor.




COURTESY OF ANTON SHTARKMAN
Shtarkman lauds Iggies for its commitment to a delicate balance of ingredients, which makes for a delightful and flavorful dinner.

Iggies Pizza concocts the perfect personal pie

You can never go wrong with pizza. Sure, fine pizza is fine, but great pizza is fantastic. I’ve been looking for great pizza in Baltimore for a long time. If you are like me, tired of gross, heavy pizzas and looking for a great pie, stop by Iggies Pizza on N. Calvert Street.


COURTESY OF GRETA MARAS
The Baltimore Mac and Cheese Festival, which features buffalo chicken empanadas, is one of the many exciting events students can anticipate in Baltimore this summer.

Events this summer (May — July)

Congratulations on getting through another semester, Blue Jays! I know it’s tough to think about the break with finals on the horizon. But if you’re staying in Baltimore for the summer, I’ve got some great events for you to check out.


COURTESY OF DANIELLA NEEDLEMAN
Needleman sings the praises of the Taco Loco burrito, which brightens her every Saturday at the 32nd Street Farmers Market.

An ode to the Taco Loco burrito

I watch in awe as my favorite culinary team masterfully prepares my food. Hot oil and vegetables sizzle on the flat top grill until the onions are perfectly charred and the spinach begins to wilt. The veggies are transferred to an enormous tortilla along with Mexican rice, black beans, a mountain of cheese and a generous drizzle of ranchito sauce. 


COURTESY OF CHRIS H. PARK
Our Leisure Editor encourages you to sing your heart out at karaoke, see a fun concert or check out some standup comedy this weekend.

Events this weekend (April 22 — 24)

The sun is shining, your classes are wrapping up and the city is coming alive with more activities to enjoy! Check out these events before you say goodbye to Baltimore for the semester. 


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